Fun Makes Good
April 2, 2015 by Perthshire Creates
Fun Makes Good is a design studio founded by Scottish textile designer and Glasgow School of Art graduate Eleanor Young in 2009, after she spotted a demand for high quality, hand crafted products with a contemporary style. Now based in Crieff, Perthshire Creates caught up with Eleanor to hear more about the studio’s journey so far.
Fun Makes Good’s distinctive designs are inspired by contemporary architectural forms and geometric shapes and combine a love of textiles with bold patterns and creative colour combinations to produce a striking range of soft furnishings, interior products, accessories and bespoke client commissions. Fun Makes Good also specialises in re-working previously unloved items of furniture with bespoke upholstery, blending traditional techniques with a characteristic graphic aesthetic.
Eleanor has worked on some pretty big commissions; such as completing three large scale projects for the award winning Mexican restaurant group, Wahaca in London. One project involved creating bespoke leather patchwork panels to feature on sofas and stools within their new tequila lounge; Eleanor took inspiration from traditional Yucatan weaving and Mexican wrestler masks to create the designs which incorporate her signature geometric twist.
FMG has also developed an exclusive range of products for the Barbican in London to celebrate the architecture of the Barbican Lakeside; and they have designed a range of printed cushions for exclusive online retailers MADE.com. FMG’s designs have also recently been showcased by Kalopsia, a contemporary textile collective, in a group exhibition of over 30 textile designers co-hosted by Printed &Co and held in the Ocean Terminal shopping centre in Edinburgh.
Collections can be found in stockists throughout the UK, however the local touch is really important to Eleanor and she is keen, wherever possible, to use locally sourced, specialist materials such as wools, leathers and linen and to work with local manufacturers. She is a frequent visitor of Remake Scotland’s excellent scrap store to find interesting materials to work with and be inspired by.
Having established the FMG studio in Glasgow before moving to Crieff a year ago, Eleanor found that approaching independent retailers, taking part in pop-up shops and going along to creative events to be key to establishing contacts and stockists. Now in Crieff, she is keen to keep finding easier ways to make local connections and collaborations happen.
Considering what’s next for FMG, Eleanor looks forward to working on interesting briefs for a diverse range of projects; she would also like to see more collaborations between designers and local manufacturers to develop new product ranges and hopes to be involved in the Crieff Arts festival in the summer.
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